I've never read anything by Orson Card before, but will check this author out again. Fascinating story - had me questioning a lot of what my beliefs are. Held me spell bound until the end.
Ender's Game is a great story: imaginitive and well written. My heart wrenched for Ender and I thought I should all aspire to be more like him. No wonder my H.S. freshman was required to read this over the summer. I think this is a definite CLASSIC!
I can't wait for Ender's Shadow to come out on Audible in unabridged version - hint hint!
This was my first Audible book and it was wonderful. Our family: 39-year-old mom amd dad, 10-year-old and 14-year-old boys - all enjoyed this on a long car trip. The problem? I cheated and listed to it when I went to bed in between going & coming! Oh well - it was fine to listen to some parts twice! The character touched all of us.
Download this and be prepared to get sucked in!
I've just started listening to the 3rd book in this series, and am still completely engaged. "Ender's Game" tackles some of the really big issues facing us humans -- things like good vs. evil, us-vs.them-ism, free will, the nature of love -- inside a fast-moving, exciting story: These are clearly issues for our times, complex issues, and the author's treatment of them was anything but superficial. Never once did I feel I was being preached to, and I was never bored. The audio version of the book is very well produced and is performed by excellent readers with strong, clear voices. I whole-heartedly recommend it, if for no other reason than to set the stage for the author's *superb* second book in the series, "Speaker for the Dead".
I only allow myself to listen to my audiobooks at the gym (one of my rewards for staying in shape), and since I started listening to the Ender series I've been exercising more than ever. In my case, the Ender books have been good for my soul, mind AND body.
This book takes places in the early-ish 80's and is partially about a game programmer (ATARI, C64, PC, etc.) and his family (strong focus on problems with the 7 year old son). This was a particularily interesting topic in all aspects to me personally, this is when I started using computers and teaching myself to program, so I knew the timeframe and computer platforms and I personally and a programmer, so, for at least these reason I was interested. The story about the father son blossoms really well. When it finally comes to fruition it does a good job. It should be noted the final blossom doesn't seem as polished as with writers who are more native to the genre (I believe Card is more of a SF writer), BUT, he is clearly an excellent writer. There are things about the conclusion I might have changed, but I did, in general, like the entire book and was glad I read (listened to) it. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and I don't think this was AS good, but it is a solid book.
My notable thoughts: The accent of the reader is kind of odd but livable. It is not bad or distracting just different from what I am used he. He does a solid job... please doen't read this as a complaint, just something that I noted.
Finally, and MAYBE importantly: there is a STRONG Mormon theme within this book, the family the book is about are devout Mormons, but, they seem genuine. If references to religion through a book turns you off don't read this book. I am not Mormon but I thought it added an interesting tone to the characters.
Enders Game deserved to win the awards it did. It makes you believe in the child Ender and grips you, if not to the end, at least most of the book. The full cast promised by the special edition is disapointing and although there are different voices its not up to what you would expect from a radio play or title like Pulman's Dark Renown series. That aside its still a worthy piece of fiction and the narration is good, but not great.
As I was growing up, I read a lot of science fiction, but somehow I missed this book and author. I'm fairly new to Audible, love how I can do what I need/want to do around the house and still get to "read" my books.
Right from the start, I had a hard time doing what I normally do, while I was listening to the story. What a great reintroduction to Sci Fi !! This book was very interesting from the first few tracks and it was hard to have to stop and wait until I could listen to the story again.
I will definitely read more books from this author.
I am glad I did not read the reviews before I listened to the book as the description ""Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games" would have ruined the story for me. The absolute punchline of this truly moving story is the FACT that Ender and the reader are not meant to know that the "Game" was not really a game. Why then would the review on Audible.com let the plot slip.
I am really looking forward to "Speaker for the Dead".
Mohammed Parak CAD
Hey, don't get me wrong, this is a book a middle school kid might be able to take in, but this is definitely a good adult read! I'm not even a sci-fi fan, but once I started listening to Ender's Game, I could not stop listening to it. If you think you might have even the slightest taste for sci-fi, this might just be the best you hear, and I'm not gonna tell you about what happens because I don't want to ruin it, but I can say there are some serious mindgames played with this kid, and he is quite a battling genius! Enjoy!